The “IRL” in our name, agility In Real Life, is not a tagline; it means something. Beyond our certifications and publications, our greatest qualification—our credibility—comes from the fact that we have practiced what we preach. We have held positions from the front lines to the C-suite in companies ranging from publicly traded Fortune 250 firms, to privately held mid-size firms, to start-ups. We have held these positions at these companies in functions ranging from IT, to Product Development, Operations, and Sales & Marketing.
Academicians, career consultants, and other professional observers have a worthwhile point of view. However, we have the experience and scar tissue that one gets only by having spent time on the field and actually playing the game. We can move from concept and theory to pragmatic issues in a heartbeat because our learning includes the school of hard knocks.
Our experience with the Agile Philosophy goes back to its emergent years before it achieved critical mass and earned the label, “Agile”. And the things we teach, coach and about which we consult, are things that we researched, developed, field-tested, and implemented in the organizations we had the good fortune to lead. We have real life experience:
Mike is Co-Founder & Principal Consultant at agilityIRL. In this role, he is responsible for educating, coaching and consulting with his clients in Agile methods and working with all levels of an organization to help them produce products that people want to use.
He has presented on Agile at numerous industry events including PMI-Minnesota’s Professional Development Days, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of IIBA, and Agile Development West.
Prior to founding agilityIRL, Mike co-founded two other Agile consultancies. Mike has also worked for Savigent Software as an Engagement Manager, Medtronic in a number of IT Leadership roles, Data Recognition Corporation as a Business Analyst and for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as a Staff Consultant.
He has undergraduate degrees in International Management and Japanese from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
Mike lives in Andover, MN with his wife, Erin, and his sons, Joe, Ray and Will. When not spending time with his family, Mike enjoys watching sports and reading.